Writer’s Wednesday: Ideas Edition

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 14 - 2009


This week’s Writer’s Wednesday is brought to you by: the Brainfood Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop. The participants were asked to come up with one story concept each for fantasy and science fiction.

Baiting the Muse (Links):

We covered (traditional) fantasy pretty well last week, so let’s cover some recent news and developments in science that lend themselves to speculation:

Aaand… let’s end there, because I know of no way to top that ^_^

Consulting the Muse (Tips):

Here are some links to articles/posts/interviews that try to answer that hoary old question: Where do you get your ideas?

Personal Reflection: I’ve found that generating ideas is the easy part. Which is good news. The bad news is: a good idea does not = a good story. Far from it. I think that writers might want to spend less time coming up with that 100%  unique idea, and more time finding a theme that they feel is important enough that they can see themselves constructing a story around it. Your story has to matter to you before it matters to anyone else.

Testing the Muse (Prompts):

Make a list of themes, of causes and subjects, that matter to you, about which you feel you have something to say. Don’t just think about novel concepts–think about what will lie at the heart of your story, what makes you care about it, what makes you believe it is worth writing.

While we’re always keen to post helpful links for writers here at Rocket Kapre, we thought we’d devote the Wednesday of each week to a more concentrated form of writing goodness.

WW is an experiment and work-in-progress so please let us know what works for you and what doesn’t in the comments ^_^.

2 Responses to “Writer’s Wednesday: Ideas Edition”

  1. banzai cat says:

    How to top sex and the singularity? Easy. See this:


    We welcome our new robot overlords…

    • Paolo Chikiamco says:

      I’m not quite sure it tops a post that mashes sex and singularity, but I DO agree that our time at the top of the proverbial food (resource?) chain may be up. Creepy @_@

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